VISNEWS cameras filmed Signor Amintore Fanfani, whose Christian-Social Democrat coalition Cabinet resigned 12 days ago, at the Quirinale Palace after visiting President Gronchi to confirm his refusal to take office again.
GV. President Gronchi's residence.
SV. Flag on building.
GV.INT. Press awaiting Fanfani statement.
TSV. Fanfani enters room and walks to mike.
CU. Fanfani addressing press.
SCU. Press Ditto.
SV. Fanfani returns to conference room.
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Background: VISNEWS cameras filmed Signor Amintore Fanfani, whose Christian-Social Democrat coalition Cabinet resigned 12 days ago, at the Quirinale Palace after visiting President Gronchi to confirm his refusal to take office again.
President Gronchi will new resume consultations with political leaders in search of Italy's 20th Premier since Mussolini's overthrow 16 years ago. He may be forced to accept the suggested Christian Democratic minority administration under a new leader. It is felt that the quarrels between neo-Fascists-Communists and the Democrats are now so complicated that it may be necessary to call for new general elections.
When left wing Socialist leader Nenni succeeded in turning his party from Communistic paths, members of the Social Democratic party, the other member of the Coalition, considered it time to rejoin them. The right-wing Social Democrats broke away from the Socialists in 1949 because of its intimate links with the Communists.
The resignation of Signor Vigorelli, Social Democrat Labour Minister, was a development that seriously aggravated the long deteriorating situation and finally brought about the coalition's downfall.
Signor Fanfani, 50, came to power last May after a general election. Although his party gained the most seats they did not get the majority and formed a coalition with the Social Democrats. He became Secretary of the Christian Democrats after the death of Alcide de Gasperi in 1954.